Here are some tips to fitting in and making the best out of what us Hawkeyes have to offer.
- If you are an incoming freshmen, do not taking welcome week so seriously. On Iowa! is one of the most cheesiest programs that I have personally encountered. Although they kind of say it’s mandatory-it is not. The go-to activities for that would be the optional activities (such as a coffeehouse crawl, pottery, etc). However, do avoid going to the small group activities and staying after the class photo at Kinnick Stadium.
- Sorority recruitment is very stressful and the process at Iowa is not the best. Good luck.
- Each school has it’s set norm, traditions and ways of social life. For UIowa, we were ranked the second party school in the nation at the beginning the year. That deals with the fact that nightlife entails bar life, house parties (with lots of keggers), hardcore tailgating before football games and greek life. Although minors have to leave the bars by 10, it just means that everyone starts their night earlier.
- Go to Hawkeye football games even if you do not like football. It’s an experience. When I came to Iowa I did not like football until I went to my first college football game. There is so much black & gold and school spirit. Definitely a social event as well.
- You make friends in the most random situations ever, For me, my best friend is my roommate and I met my current boyfriend & best guy friend at football games in the fall. Do not rely on just being friends with your floor. The conventions of the floor friendships constantly change.
- Know your limits. Enough said. Even if you do decide to stay in, you still can be affected by the poor choices made by others [on the floor].
- Do not judge people. Everyone comes from different places and may view issues differently. Judging leads to losing potentially great friendships. You cannot honestly think that you can peg a person right from the get go through premature judgments.
I’ll add more to the list whenever I think of something.